Using carbon dioxide (CO2) to make polyols appears to be an undeniably good thing to do with the greenhouse gas. Here we look at Econic Technologies, one of the growing innovative companies that are helping to drive this technology forward.
Rowena Sellens, CEO of Econic Technologies, is a clear evangelist for the use of carbon dioxide to make polyols. The company, spun out of London’s Imperial College and now located in the science park on the former AstraZeneca site at Alderley Park just south of Manchester, has a strong patent portfolio comprising catalyst technologies that can produce polycarbonate and polyether carbonate polyols with tuneable amounts of carbon dioxide in their backbone.
Not only is it possible to use different amounts of CO2 with Econic’s technology, but this makes it possible to produce polyols which span a wide spectrum of physical properties without blending, she said.
‘CO2 is a big issue,’ said Sellens. Although using CO2 in polyol technology will not solve the CO2 greenhouse gas problem, she says it represents a small bite out of it. ‘It encourages innovation and investment in the area.’
One good way to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases such as CO2 is to reduce the amount of carbon used in industrial processes. Sellens explains, ‘If you use less petrochemical feedstock it fundamentally reduces emissions.’
Her assertion is…